Performing Arts (Dance) — Higher National Diploma (HND) Top Up

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Course information

The HND in Performing Arts (Dance) builds on the previous experience and
enables dancers to achieve a qualification at Level 5, and to progress their
technical and performance skills in essential studio practice of contemporary
techniques, jazz dance and commercial dance. To progress their skills as
choreographers, facilitators and future dance professionals, students will lead,
manage and create work for the department’s own EnHaNCeD Undergraduate
Performance Company, with Level 4 students working as the ensemble company, in
addition to performing themselves. Students will initiate projects, liaise with
external agencies and deliver dance performance for a public audience in the
College’s own theatre and for local and national dance events and festivals.

Students will gain essential academic knowledge of research in theory and
practice methodologies appropriate for those wishing to complete post graduate
study. They will also have an opportunity to develop their workshop leadership
and teaching skills in a variety of community and schools settings under the
mentorship of experienced tutors.

Units Covered:

  • Creative Research Project

  • Working in the Performing Arts

  • Jazz Dance 2

  • Contemporary Dance 2

  • Commercial Dance 2

  • Physical Theatre

  • Working in Creative Education

Skills and Knowledge Developed: The programme will develop students’ in-depth
understanding of dance and the possibilities within the genre. Students will be
challenged about how to direct and manage an ensemble of dancers in performance,
EnHaNCeD Dance Company, and will collaborate with their peers and liaise with
professional artists and organisations to progress work from its initial stages
to final outcome. They will be equipped with the necessary skills to establish
their own choreographic and artistic vision and to put this into practice.

Alongside the many practical skills gained, students will develop
self-management, self-promotion and interpersonal skills while improving their
reflective practice and evaluation skills. They will produce a small scale
dissertation to feed directly into level 6 Degree level study. There will also
be a number of transferable skills gained over the course of the qualification
in areas such as problem solving, numeracy, IT and communication.

Special Features: Within the programme there will be numerous opportunities
for learners to attain a level of professional practice. Strong links with
community organisations, arts festivals and creative industries will facilitate
industry-related briefs and real scenarios that provide an opportunity for
students to acquire professional work ethics, time planning skills and
networking opportunities. Learning is supported through a series of contextual
visits, including London, where students will have the opportunity to visit
trade fairs, participate in workshops and watch shows. There are also
opportunities (through our strong links with other arts organisations) to take
part in workshops by leading practitioners and dance companies.

The programme handbook for this course is available to applicants online:

HND Performing Arts (Dance) Top Up Programme Handbook (19-20)

Please note: this course will only run when sufficient applications are received.


Higher National Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance)

This course leads to...

This programme produces graduates skilled in a broad range of specialist areas, progression will be through direct entry onto Level 6 BA Hons Top Up in Performing Arts at City of Liverpool College or an equivalent Level 6 programme at university/training school. Direct entry into the industry.

Entry Requirements

HNC in Performing Arts or equivalent level 4 higher education certificate, or relevant experience.

Applicants should hold a total UCAS Tariff points score from relevant qualifications of at least 96 points.

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Course ID: 158092

Course Year: 19/20

Course Duration: 1 Year


This course is only available to learners aged 18 and over. Fees are payable by all students unless sponsored by an employer, but you may qualify for a student loan through Student Finance England towards the cost of your course and living costs. Find out more at, or contact our HE team at

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